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I was going to build then found this dell xps deal:

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January 12, 2008 3:39:28 AM

why should I even bother total shipped was 1040 or so. why bother stressing about building. I pulled the trigger!!!!

1 223-2429 XPS 420, Intel Core2 processorQ6600 (2.40Ghz,1066FSB) w/QuadCore Technology and 8MB cache $921.31
1 311-7873 3GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz $0.00
1 310-7963 Dell USB Keyboard $0.00
1 320-6200 Video ready option w/o monitor $0.00
1 320-6189 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT $0.00
1 341-5389 500GB NCQ Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache $0.00
1 341-5593 Dell 19 in 1 Media Card Readerincluded in Dell Bluetooth Package $0.00
1 313-5656 Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup $0.00
1 420-5769 Internet Search and Portal $0.00
1 420-5924 Icon Consolidation Application $0.00
1 420-6436 Vista, PC-Restore, Dim/Insp $0.00
1 420-6718 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, English $0.00
1 420-7622 DELL SUPPORT CENTER 2.0 $0.00
1 463-2282 Dell Owners Manual installed on your system,click on icon after system set-up to access $0.00
1 412-1054 Turbine Lord of the Rings Online,XPS $0.00
1 310-8647 Dell USB 4 Button Premium Optical Mouse with Scroll $0.00
1 430-2696 Wireless Network Card 802.11g PCI $0.00
1 420-7468 ADOBE ACROBAT READER 8.1 DIM/INSP $0.00
1 313-6087 6X Blu-ray and 16X DVD+/-RW $0.00
1 420-6464 Roxio Creator Basic $0.00
1 420-6924 8 Channel,Dolby,PDVD,7.0,Blue Ray Disk $0.00
1 420-6925 Power DVD 7.0, Blue-Ray Disk Playback $0.00
1 313-2758 Integrated Audio $0.00
1 313-4514 No Speaker Requested $0.00
1 410-1174 Trend Micro PC-cillin InternetSecurity, English, 15-Month Subscription $0.00
1 412-0148 No Internet Service Provider Requested $0.00
1 412-1397 No Productivity Software requested $0.00
1 950-3337 1 Year Limited Warranty $0.00
1 988-2217 Dell Hardware Warranty PlusOnsite Service, Initial Year $0.00
1 983-9470 Type 3- Third Party At Home Service, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year $0.00
1 950-9797 No Warranty, Year 2 and 3 $0.00
1 960-8700 Warranty Support,Initial Year $0.00
1 341-5701 Dell 19 in 1 Media Reader withBluetooth 2.0 $40
1 310-8626 You have chosen a Windows Vista Premium System $0.00
1 420-7649 Adobe Premier Elements Photoshop Elements, and Soundbooth Software $0.00
1 464-9572 No Preinstalled Software $0.00
1 420-7091 DataSafe Online Dim/Ins/XPS $0.00
1 420-7285 Datasafe Online 10GB,1 Year Free $0.00
1 987-7449 XPS,Datasafe 10GB,1YR(Incl w/price) $0.00
1 988-0099 To activate your online backupaccount, go to Start, Programs, DataSafe Online $0.00

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Sub-Total : $961.31
Tax : $79.31
Order Total : $1040.62

January 12, 2008 4:36:39 AM

eww a dell? last time i checked, you cant overclock cpu with it. not sure about xps gen. but wow that is a pretty good deal for dell. i see you got a blu ray drive too thats nice.
January 12, 2008 5:56:21 AM

Dells make me want to vomit. Please build yourself and save yourself some pain later.
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January 12, 2008 7:14:03 AM

As you have already bought the thing why bother posting?
January 12, 2008 7:19:20 AM

Looks like about a $1,300 value. Your pretty much paying for Blue Ray, 500GB Hard Drive, Q6600, Motherboard, 3GB RAM, 8800gt, PSU, and case (incl. fans) though I might be a bit generous in the price. You can find better quality components building it yourself as well.
January 12, 2008 6:42:59 PM

I disagree did you add in bluetooth, media reader, wireless card, 15 month AV protection, powerdvd 7.0, Adobe Premier Elements Photoshop Elements, and Soundbooth Software, vista, keyboard, mouse,

no way I saved 800 dollars at least. And I dont have to stress about building. I take that time saved and spend with my family.

let some one else do the work for you I say.

also this is probably a very quiet computer.

January 12, 2008 6:46:06 PM

Update: Instant discount has been reduced from $550 to $500 making the final price $936

Dell EPP has a well equipped XPS 420 desktop PC For $895 $936 with free shipping. Thanks ShadowGuard

1. Request your 10% off coupon here
2. Click here
3. Select the following options
1. No Monitor [subtract $460]
2. Dell Optical USB Mouse [subtract $10]
3. None [subtract $40] (instead of Dell 19 in 1 Media Reader with Bluetooth)
4. No Floppy Drive or Media Reader Included add $0
5. No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system) [subtract $10]
4. Add the system to cart
5. Apply 10% off coupon you requested in Step 1
6. Your total will be $1629 - auto $550 $500 off - auto 4% off in cart - 10% off coupon - 4% when paying with DPA = $895 $936 with free shipping

To get an additional 4% off using your Dell Preferred Account (DPA):

1. During checkout, select Credit Card as method of payment
2. Click "Change Payment Type"
3. Click "Choose" link under Credit/Debit Card
4. Under "Save 4% with Dell Preferred Account! (Discount applied at Final Checkout)" click "Click Here to Take Advantage of this Offer" link
5. Click "Choose" under "I already have a Dell Preferred Account" if you have one, or sign up for a new one if you don't
6. Checkout, enjoy your 4% savings

Final specs:

* Intel Core 2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)
* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Digital Cable Support
* 3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs
* Dell USB Keyboard
* 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
* 500GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
* Dell Optical USB Mouse
* 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
* Blu-ray Disc Combo (DVD+/-RW + BD-ROM)
* Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
* Trend Micro Internet Security 15-months
* 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support
* Included 10GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Year
* Adobe Elements Studio for XPS 420
January 12, 2008 7:07:31 PM

Sounds like dell is trying to compete with Gateway's new FX...you get an AMD Phenom 9600 + 3 gigs DDR2 + 8800gt 512mb + other goodies (dont know the exact details off the top of my head) for around $1000...would still prefer to build my own system...lol
January 12, 2008 7:21:00 PM

I am a big fan of Dell


...... nice rig.


January 12, 2008 7:30:23 PM

Onboard audio, no audio output, no monitor, ADOBE and ROXIO freeware, no overclocking, etc. for $1040?

Oh, wait - it also includes:

Internet Search and Portal
Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup
DELL SUPPORT CENTER 2.0
Dell Owners Manual
Trend Micro PC-cillin InternetSecurity

That makes it all worth it.
January 12, 2008 8:18:42 PM

the price looks tooo nice...the only thing i dont like about dell is that they dont tell what mobos their using, never bothered to ask them anyways.
January 12, 2008 8:38:52 PM

The mother board the use for the xps cost about 10 cents
January 12, 2008 9:12:27 PM

I believe you may be able to OC an XPS. (on second thought my friend may have had to flash his BIOS to OC) My friend has one you could at least, though it's two years old. Regular Dell systems of course will not OC but XPS is the enthusiast line.

Good thing it's blu-ray and not hd dvd! That race is pretty much over since WB went blu.
January 12, 2008 11:00:52 PM

lol, enthusiast of what? crap computers with crap customer service.
January 12, 2008 11:29:33 PM

ant316 said:
The mother board the use for the xps cost about 10 cents
An X-38 motherboard for 10 cents? Where can we pick one up?

January 13, 2008 12:12:39 AM

notherdude said:
I believe you may be able to OC an XPS. My friend has one you could at least, though it's two years old. Regular Dell systems of course will not OC but XPS is the enthusiast line.

Good thing it's blu-ray and not hd dvd! That race is pretty much over since WB went blu.

I don't think Dell uses anything ther then Intel motherboards which means almost no OC. Even if you could OC most of the Dell motherboards I've seen won't even accept standard CPU coolers, so you're stuck with the what they come with which is usually worse then most stock coolers.
January 13, 2008 12:14:25 AM

WR2 said:
An X-38 motherboard for 10 cents? Where can we pick one up?

Why? So that you can have an expensive CPU and expensive RAM that run like crap? Oh, wait that's what a Dell is for.
January 13, 2008 12:46:23 AM


OP, enjoy your new computer. It should be very solid and although it can be fun and rewarding to build your own, it's also very nice to have Dell's standard next-day onsite service when something goes wrong.

Of course, you are posting this on an enthusiast forum; naturally you should expect a lot of flack from the hardcore do-it-yourself crowd.

January 13, 2008 1:07:40 AM

Adobe Premiere Elements Photoshop Elements is a great package for anyone who wants to start editing video at home. You can find the combo package under $100 sometimes, $150 typically. That's a great value to throw in for free on Dell's part.
January 13, 2008 1:40:51 AM

That system is a good deal for an XPS. It's no enthusiast rig, but neither is it the dog some are making it out to be. It's those people still buying the latest greatest prebuilt $1000+ with Pentium D from Best Buy et al who are getting reamed. You made out well.
January 13, 2008 2:48:39 AM

purplerat said:
I don't think Dell uses anything ther then Intel motherboards which means almost no OC. Even if you could OC most of the Dell motherboards I've seen won't even accept standard CPU coolers, so you're stuck with the what they come with which is usually worse then most stock coolers.


You are right that you can't add your own cooler, but the unit is far from a stock Intel cooler. I own a Dell Precision 390 with Q6600. The cooler is a tower cooler built surrounded by a custom housing with a large 120mm an added to the front of the housing unit. The air flow is fantastic and feels close to room temperature
January 13, 2008 3:57:41 AM

The reason I posted this here is to shake it up a little bit on this forum. I have built a computer before in the past ( 5 years ago) and really enjoyed the experience and loved my rig. I was going to build another one, but then this deal came along. ALso had to weigh in the time that I have now saved and will spend with my wife, kid and work.

I think people should now there are non-enthusiast options out there with there cost and time advantages.
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